Former English Captain Paul Collingwood to retire from the professional cricket

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Durham captain and former English cricketer Paul Collingwood has announced that he will be eliminated at the end of the season.

The 42-year-old represented England in all three formats after making his international debut in an ODI against Pakistan in 2001.

He was England's first T20 cap and led the country to their first ICC trophy. In 2010 she won the World Twenty20 title.

In the Test Arena, Collingwood was part of three Ashes winners, and his career high score of 206 against Australia in Adelaide in the 2006-07 season was the first double hundred in Australia by an English hitter for 70 years.

Collingwood said, "I knew this day would come at some point, but it did not make it any easier, and although it's an emotional decision, I know that the time has come and I feel comfortable, that I've given lots of energy the sport.

"I have achieved so much with both Durham and England, much more than I have ever imagined, and I feel very privileged to have made such a long and rewarding career."

Although the all-rounder was best known as a terrific fielder and reliable center forward, Collingwood also made handy, medium strikes.

Collingwood gave birth to England Twenty20 Fame in 2010

After retiring from the international cricket career, Collingwood helped Durham, for whom he first appeared in 1995, the County Championship title in 2013 and the One-Day Cup in 2014.

He also enjoyed spells overseas, with the Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, and the Perth Scorchers in Australia's Big Bash.

Durham still has two County Championship games, against Leicestershire on Grace Road, and then a home game against Middlesex at Emirates Riverside, which will be Collingwood's last professional appearance.

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